As you leave the hospital, your nurses will remind you to schedule a postpartum check-up with your doctor. Your doctor will usually want to see you 4 to 6 weeks after a vaginal birth without problems. It is very important to keep your appointment. A check-up is needed to make sure you are healing as you should.
Your doctor will:
✔ check to make sure your uterus has returned to a non-pregnant size
✔ check the healing of your episiotomy, perineum, vagina, and cervix
✔ ask what type of birth control you are considering
✔ ask how well you are adapting to the many new changes in your life
During your check-up you should expect to have your blood pressure and weight checked, as well as a pelvic and breast exam. Your check-up visit is a good time to ask questions because your next visit may not be for at least 6 months to a year. Keep a list of any questions you have before you see your doctor. Take your list with you so you won’t forget anything. These are questions you can ask at your check-up:
✔ has my episiotomy healed as it should?
✔ how can I get relief from my hemorrhoids, varicose veins or other problems?
✔ what is the best type of birth control for me?
✔ when can I drive?
✔ when can I go back to work?
If you are having problems with depression, choosing a method of birth control, or wanting to care for yourself or your newborn, your check-up is a good time to talk with your doctor.
Make your check-up visit a special occasion. Try to get a baby-sitter and bring your baby next time. Then you won’t feel rushed during your check-up and can get all of your questions answered. Don’t forget to bring a picture of your beautiful baby that your doctor can keep.
More about Self Care After Vaginal Birth
Introduction to Self-care After Vaginal Birth
Preventive Self Care
Physical Changes and Healing
Activities and Healthy Exercise
Nutrition and Diet
Family Planning and Birth Control
Normal “Baby Blues” or Postpartum Depression
Your Postpartum Check-Up
Get as Much Rest as You Can
When to Call Your Doctor